Coming to college is a crazy time in your life, no matter what. New friends, new classes and new experiences all add up to excitement, almost to the point of being overwhelming. For me, the beginning of my first-year at Calvin was a tumultuous time. My parents had gotten a divorce in the spring of my senior year of high school. With all of this change in my life, the last thing I wanted was to go off to this strange new experience and be so far away from any fragments of familiarity I had left. Moving into my dorm room, I felt nervous, sad and terribly alone.
However, that quickly changed. I was blessed to have a floor of great, welcoming guys. As my friendships with them began to grow and deepen, the more they knew me and could talk to me about the things I was going through.
One of the biggest helps to me was our floor Bible study. Growing spiritually with a group of guys, opening up and talking about such an important part of our lives, really gave me the motivation to keep going. Also, the accountability of the group helped me to persevere in my spiritual life despite the business of school. Because of the impact the Bible study had on my life, I decided to become a Barnabas for my floor my sophomore year. I wanted to ensure that the guys on my floor had the same resources and support that I had relied on.
Through my experiences and friendships made in the dorm, I was able to make it through one of the toughest times in my life. This helped me to fall in love with Calvin and to invest myself in the dorm and the people within it.